The public is invited to cut certain downed trees in designated areas at McCormick’s Creek State Park for firewood.
Trees eligible for firewood have fallen as a result of natural causes or have been dropped by property staff. They are along roadsides or in public areas such as campsites and picnic areas.
A firewood permit must be obtained for each load at the park office or gatehouse between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Permits cannot be purchased on observed state holidays.
Permit sales and cutting begin Feb. 12 and end March 30. The cost of one pickup-truck load is $10. All proceeds from firewood permit sales are used for resource management and restoration efforts, including replacement of trees in campgrounds and other public areas.
Wood may be cut and removed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 812-829-2235.
The ban on transporting ash between Indiana counties no longer exists because the emerald ash borer insect (EAB) is now widespread in the state.
Rules for bringing firewood to DNR properties remain in place. The DNR does not recommend long-distance movement of firewood of any species due to the potential for moving other insect pests and tree diseases beyond locally impacted areas. “Long-distance movement” is moving beyond the immediate county or surrounding counties.
McCormick’s Creek State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2978.htm) is at 250 McCormick’s Creek Park Road, Spencer, 47460.